Mopar in recent years has been bringing some serious muscle to the annual SEMA show. And some of the show cars have ended up as production models. Prime examples include the Dodge Viper ACR concept we saw in 2014 and the Dodge Challenger GT AWD concept we saw in 2015. (The wide-body, all-wheel-drive Challenger concept isn’t in production yet, but it should be soon.)
On Tuesday at the 2016 SEMA show, Mopar unveiled no less than six concepts, the highlight of which is a retro Dodge Challenger.
Dodge Shakedown Challenger
It’s called the Dodge Shakedown Challenger, and it unites old-school muscle car cues with modern technology.
This isn’t just a modern Challenger with a few bolt-on mods, though. The concept features a hand-built, one-off frame with a removable body based on a 1971 Challenger. A heritage-inspired 1971 Shaker hood scoop is added with help from select parts from the Mopar brand’s modern-day Shaker hood kit, feeding fresh air to the V-8 powerplant, in this case a Challenger SRT 392’s modern 485-horsepower 6.4-liter V-8 paired with a 6-speed manual.
Dodge Durango Shaker concept, 2016 SEMA show
Dodge Durango Shaker
A better chance of seeing production is the Dodge Durango Shaker concept. In fact, it likely previews a new Durango SRT rumored to be in the works.
The baby blue three-row SUV gets in your face fast with a custom-fabricated, functional Shaker hood—the first-ever for a Durango—embellished with matte-black graphic accents that run from the hood to the roof. Under that hood is the same 6.4-liter V-8 as the Shakedown Challenger, though this time the engine is hooked up to an 8-speed automatic and powers all four wheels. Oh, there are also seats from the Viper filling out each row.
Ram Macho Power Wagon concept, 2016 SEMA show
Ram Macho Power Wagon
The modified Ram Power Wagon that Mopar will present is sure to be a crowd favorite. The Ram Macho Power Wagon owes its moniker to a popular Power Wagon trim level from the 1970s and features a concept storage system called the RamRack. It helps secure larger items and neatly slides up and stows under the cab’s sail panel when not in use.
The Ram Macho Power Wagon also benefits from 4.0-inch custom lift kit and giant 37x12-in Nitto Trail Grappler MT tires, set on 18-in beadlock wheels. And the vibrant Macho Mango body color, which also extends to the beadlock wheel rings, is accented with painted black graphics on the side and rear.